Walter V. Addiego

Walter V. Addiego

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Hearst Newspapers , Houston Chronicle , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Examiner
Total Reviews:
604

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 85% Korengal (2014) " The film is a tribute to the courage, tenacity and sorrow of the men with their boots on the ground in a place very far away." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 75% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " You may relish the gossipy, dishy stuff Myers serves up. For a while, you can feel like a part of the golden circle." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " It's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " It's a decent summary of the issue, taking square aim at corporations and politicians who have made it easy for the citizenry to stuff its collective face with junk food and, even more damaging, sugar." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
4/4 94% Ida (2014) " The Polish drama "Ida" is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " It may hold some interest to cinephiles as a relic of a kind of extravagant, overheated personal cinema that doesn't exist anymore." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 13% Tasting Menu (2014) " This particular souffle is both overbaked and underseasoned." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 95% Blue Ruin (2014) " The filmmaker works with economy and has a knack for creating a sense of foreboding, which is good because the plot is simply a working out of the old saw that violence begets violence." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 79% Teenage (2014) " Wolf's sympathy for youth movements compensates for the distraction of the new scenes, and the fascinating old footage seals the deal." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 80% Watermark (2014) " It relies heavily on visuals and offers minimal context. The project has a pro-environment feeling, which comes across implicitly, not through browbeating or preaching." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " The film functions best as an introduction to her work, which is what matters, and an invitation to see more of it, which is highly recommended." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " This film doesn't feel obliged to pick a winner or lob easy answers; it aims to observe, with humor and humanity, with penetration and without oversimplifying." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Even if you can't explain the Standard Model or define "supersymmetry," you'll walk away with a conviction that you've vicariously participated in a historic event." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 69% Visitors (2014) " Reggio has talked about his movies as attempts to bypass the intellect, a "visceral form of cinema" that's "aimed at your solar plexus." But you may experience "Visitors" as more of a sedative than a punch in the guts." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " There's no subtlety here - coincidences are wildly abundant - but with this kind of vitality, who cares? Sit back and be carried away by the extended tracking shots and bam-bam editing." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 81% If You Build It (2014) " [Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 45% The Pretty One (2014) " "The Pretty One" is a movie with a few touching moments and others that prompt eye rolls." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 91% Omar (2014) " The virtues of "Omar," a thriller about the Palestinian conflict, are overshadowed by a one-sided political message." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " [Kore-eda] pokes some fun at class differences, but his overall aim is serious - we get a powerful sense of how unsettling it would be to live through such a wrenching event. Remarkably, he conveys this with charm and restraint." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " The film's implication, that the rides need to be curtailed, seems obvious; and I can't help thinking that Nathan realizes this, but stops short." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/4 53% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Despite its worthy subject, this feature by veteran Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has a bluntness that's at odds with Bishop's personality and work." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3/4 100% Sweet Dreams (2013) " An uplifting tale from Rwanda? It's a startling idea, but here it is, in the form of "Sweet Dreams," a documentary about a group of Rwandan women trying to put the nation's horrific recent past behind them." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " It's the story of a young married couple undone by a family tragedy, but the film loses its way, at one point turning into a political harangue." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 18, 2013
2/4 70% American Promise (2013) " By the end you can't help but wonder whether it was a good idea to keep the youngsters under camera scrutiny for more than 12 years." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " A compelling portrayal of the grinding life of America's working poor, brought into sharp focus by intense lead performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/4 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " A modestly entertaining martial arts melodrama with impressively staged fight sequences that help compensate for a stale plot and some less-than-stellar acting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/4 48% Zaytoun (2013) " It's probably best viewed as a fable that tries to strike a hopeful note amid the many woes of the Middle East, but the blunt filmmaking and the near-sentimentality make it hard to buy into." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/4 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " It's mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and rhythm and blues of the 1960s and '70s." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " The movie saves most of its modest number of jolts for its last quarter or so, which makes them all the more intense. They stick in your craw - and be warned, they're not for the squeamish." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/4 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " "Haute Cuisine" is a bonbon, not of a full-course meal." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " A well-meaning, sporadically entertaining and ultimately formulaic look at the struggles of a group of recovering sex addicts." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " A simple story told with economy, "Wadjda" is a notable example of old-school, humanistic filmmaking." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 73% Populaire (2013) " Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/4 31% Adore (2013) " It's even hard to simply enjoy the performances of the two stars, who give more that the film deserves." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 52% Thérèse (2013) " While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " Beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " The film neither simplifies the troubled relationship nor pushes us to take sides, but asks us to observe the complexities of their life together." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 80% Europa Report (2013) " Low key and earnest, Sebastián Cordero's "Europa Report" makes compelling use of familiar genre material to create an intelligent science fiction thriller." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/4 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " Partly about the importance of fresh observation, the film has little new to say about life, inspiration or art." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Plenty of absurd and deadpan humor, even slapstick, with a melancholy undertone. A minimalist tale of mismatched workers who paint lines on isolated Texas roads. Good performances, Paul Rudd is particularly impressive." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 28% Drift (2013) " Has genial moments, but they're lost in a sea of boilerplate incidents and prefab characters. Surfing sequences are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " An intense, hard to watch drama, of a man's life torn apart by his fellow citizens. The performance is skilled enough that it won the top acting award at last year's Cannesfestival." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2013
80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Director Sebastián Silva seems to be whispering that we shouldn't be taken in by the movie's casual, spontaneous feel, that deep matters are afoot. I'm not sold." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (2013) " Despite its handful of emotional, soul-baring moments, "One Track Heart"... has a once-over-lightly feeling that disappoints." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
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